Professor Paul Heath – SGREC Chair from March 2019 to Present – Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases [I&I]
Professor Paul Heath, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St George’s University of London & St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, London. His training in paediatrics and infectious diseases was at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and St George’s Hospital, London. His particular research interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, in clinical vaccine trials, particularly in at-risk groups and in perinatal infections. He coordinates a European neonatal infection surveillance network (neonIN) and the UK Paediatric Vaccine Group (UKPVG), and other recent work includes national surveillance on neonatal meningitis, neonatal GBS and Listeria infections, maternal immunisation trials and studies of different vaccine schedules in preterm infants. He sits on national UK committees concerned with meningitis, Group B streptococcus prevention and on immunisation policies in children.
He is Chair of the Research Committee of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Associate Chief Editor of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal and Clinical Lead for Children’s research for the South London Clinical Research Network.
Dr Paris Ataliotis – SGREC Deputy Chair from April 2020 to present - Senior Lecturer in Development Genetics [IMBE]
Dr Ataliotis is involved in general and specialised teaching to undergraduate students on the Biomedical Science BSc, as well as course organisation and assessment. He also teaches and supervises postgraduate research students at Master's and PhD levels. He has worked previously as a Senior Research Fellow in Professor Peter Scambler's group at the Institute of Child Health. This group was instrumental in identifying the genetic cause of 22q11DS and exploring the contribution of individual genes to this disorder, using mouse, chick and frog model systems.
Dr Ataliotis completed his PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University College London, where, with colleagues from the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), he helped to develop Immortomouse. This genetically modified mouse permits the isolation of immortal cell lines (cells that continue dividing indefinitely) from a variety of embryonic and adult tissues.
Dr Ataliotis's PhD was preceded by 3 years at the National Institute for Medical Research as a Research Officer, studying desmosome cell junctions with Professor Tony Magee, and prior to this a BSc in Biochemistry at Manchester University.
Dr Bridget Bax – Reader in Rare Diseases [MCS]
Dr Bridget Bax graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Royal Holloway, University of London before joining the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London as a Research Biochemist. She then joined the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London as a Research Assistant and obtained her Ph.D. in Medicine. After a postdoctoral position at St George's, University of London, she was appointed Senior Research Fellow in 2002. She is currently a Reader in Rare Disease at St. George’s, University of London and Deputy Head of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie rare diseases and developing cell-based therapies for their treatment. Dr Bax also serves as a visiting professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing at London Metropolitan University, London.
Dr Irina Chis Ster – Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics [I&I]
Dr Irina Chis Ster joined St George's in June 2013 as tenure track after holding research positions in biostatistics with Imperial College London and University College London. She holds a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Medical Statistics (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). She provides statistical consultancy for studies conducted by scientists and clinicians across St George's, University of London and St George's Hospital.
Dr Michelle Harricharan - Research Data Support Manager [Library]
SGUL's Research Data Management Service supports researchers in complying with institutional, funder and publisher requirements around Research Data Management and Open Data. Michelle works closely with Information Services, Joint Research and Enterprise Services, scholarly communications and researchers to implement best practice in Research Data Management and Open Data at St George's. She is passionate about research and driving best practice in how we store, access, document, preserve and share research data to enhance the utility and longevity of research outputs. Her background is in health, communication and technology, particularly the intersections of these in contemporary healthcare provision.
Professor Philip Cooper - Professor of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases [I&I]
He studied medicine at St George's, qualifying in 1988. He obtained a PhD in Parasite Immunology at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, supported by a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship. Professor Cooper then moved to the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health as a Fogarty International Fellow where he studied helminth immunology. He returned to St George's in 2000 as a Lecturer in Infection and Immunity to study the interaction between parasite infections and allergy, work supported by the Wellcome Trust.
In 2010 Professor Cooper moved to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to take up a chair in Parasitology. He returned to St George's in 2013 to take up a chair in the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases.
Dr Michael Perkin – Reader in Clinical Epidemiology and Consultant in Paediatric Allergy [PH]
Dr Perkin is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Paedicatric Allergy at St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For 8 years he ran the FSA/MRA funded EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) Study, the results of which were published in March 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Michael trained at St. George's Hospital and then undertook clinical allergy training at St. Mary's and Southampton Hospitals. He held a Wellcome Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology under Professor David Strachan. His PhD was on the relationships between atopy and the farming environment in children. His research interests are the epidemiology of allergic disease, the prevention of food allergy and the environmental contribution to the allergy epidemic.
Dr Christopher Carroll - Lecturer in Human Genetics (MCS)
Dr Christopher Carroll is a Lecturer in Human Genetics at St. George’s, University of London. His research focuses on understanding the genetic causes of rare inherited neurological and metabolic diseases, with focus on mitochondrial disorders. He completed a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, followed by an Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Helsinki where he investigated the molecular mechanisms of inherited mitochondrial diseases. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses and supervises students undertaking their research projects in his group.
Damion Bailey - Student Representative
Damion is in the final year of an MRes in Clinical Research at St George’s University of London. He has worked in the NHS for over 25 in medical imaging. He initially qualified as a Radiographer ad then continued with postgraduate education in Nuclear Medicine, he is currently working as Clinical Tutor in Nuclear Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. His role involves promoting competency based practice, workforce development, supporting the training of Technologists, Radiographers and other healthcare professionals in Nuclear Medicine, and research, audit and service evaluation. His current research interest is professional identity and the sociology of professions.
Georgia Bullock - Research Development & Governance Manager [JRES]
Georgia has a background in nursing and has worked in clinical research for around 20 years. She is currently the Research Development and Governance Manager at St George’s and is mainly responsible for the set-up and oversight of interventional clinical trials led by St George’s.
Dr Angelika Kristek – SGREC Secretary from February 2020 to Present, Research Ethics and Integrity Officer (JRES)
Angelika has a background in public health and policy and worked 9 years in research. She completed a PhD in Food biosciences in the University of Reading where she was investigating the long-term intake of whole grain oat effect on cardiovascular health and the intestinal microbiota balance with a dietary interventional trial. She joined Imperial College London in 2019 as a Research Integrity Officer and became an expert on clinical trial databases (EudraCT, clinicaltrials.gov). Her focus was on developing tools and training to the organisation to help compliance with the regulation of the research integrity. She started to work with St George’s University of London in 2020. She is the first contact point for all matters concerned with research ethics and integrity for research falling within SGUL Research Ethics Committee, including student studies requiring HRA approval. She passionate about the moral dilemmas in scientific research.
Alice Reid – Clinical Research Associate (JRES)
Alice currently works as a Clinical Research Associate in infectious disease trials at St George’s, in which she is responsible for monitoring trials across various sites. She completed her BSc in Biological Sciences at The University of Liverpool and MSc in Tropical Disease Biology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where she focused her research on the parasitic disease, schistosomiasis in rural Madagascar. She also has previous experience of working in oncology clinical trials at St Bartholomew’s hospital.
Ella Whittle – Phd Student Representative
Ella is a second year PhD research student at St George’s, University of London. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Liverpool before specialising in human molecular genetics through her Master’s degree at Imperial College London. She is now funded by the Medical Research Council on a London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership studentship award. Ella’s research interest concerns the genetic basis of neurological disease. She analyses genetic data from individuals with neurological disease and works in the laboratory experimentally validating novel disease genes. Research ethics are an important aspect of Ella’s research and she believes that excellent ethical practice is essential for high quality and positive research outcomes.
Hannah Johnson - Phd Student Representative
Hannah is a 1st year MPhil/PhD candidate funded by an MRC-LID Studentship. Her research focuses on improving the statistical methods used for identification of adverse drug reactions, with a particular focus on medications that cause birth defects when taken in the first trimester of pregnancy. She holds an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BSc in Medical Genetics from Queen Mary University London. She also has over 4 years experience working for Public Health England as part of the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service.
Nahiedh Khan - Legal adviser at UK Ministry of Justice and Lawyer
Solicitor PQE of 9 years. I specialise in Criminal law, Extradition law & Confiscation law. I practice & advice in the magisterial court system. Dealing with petty criminals to sophiscated crime work, which can have an element of enforcement work to it.
Sue Alexander - Home Maker
Sue has much experience volunteering. Such experience include; Westmidlands probation service, Narco (Birmingham), Citzen's Advice Bureau, Scope (working for the disabled charity), The Mix (Working with troubled children). Sue can offer a great insight into everyday life problems but in addition to working closely with people with disabilities and troubled children - she is able to offer advice on those issues.
Dr Victor Paul Olisa - QPM
Victor served as a police officer for 35 years. He joined Surrey Police in 1982 straight from university.
He transferred to City of London Police in 1990 and worked in various roles, including the Fraud Squad as Detective Inspector.
In 2003 he was seconded to the Home Office to work on Stop and Search, which involved advising Ministers on policy and chief police officers on good practice.
In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
He transferred on promotion to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 2006 and in 2012 was promoted to Chief Superintendent and worked in Bexley and Haringey as Borough Commander.
In 2016 he headed the MPS Diversity and Inclusion Unit.
In 2017, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.
After retirement in 2017 he worked as a Visiting Fellow at LSE. He is a visiting lecturer at Universities of Portsmouth, Liverpool John Moores and West London. He joined the Board of Governors at NACRO in May 2020.
Previous Committee Members
Sandra Ashton – Chair (July 2017 - 2019) Research Technician, Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute
Rachel Allen – Deputy Chair Reader in Immunology of Infection and Head of the Graduate School
Carole Beighton – External Lay Member
Zoe Ilivitsky – Student Representative
Dr Thushari Welikala – Lecturer in Higher Education, King's Learning Institute, King's College London.
Dr Penny Lympany – Senior Laboratory Manager, St. George's, University of London
Debbie Rolfe – Former Regulatory Assurance Manager, Joint Research and Enterprise Services
Subhir Bedi – Head of Research Governance and Delivery, JRES
Ali Alshukry – Research Governance and Delivery Manager
- Nabilla Waise – Research Ethics Coordinator / SGREC Secretary [JRES]
Dr Saranne Weller – Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development
Harley Manning – Lay Member
- Dr Sarah Jane White - Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics [PH]
Peter R Brown - BVetMed BA (Hons) MSc (VetGP) MRCVS / External Lay Member
- Suzie McCluney – External / Lay member
- John Ward - Student Representative
- May Al-Shawk - Student Representative
- Dr Malou van Zanten - SGUL Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute, Senior Research Practitioner
- Miguel Sequeira Campos - Surgical Academic Foundation Doctor, St George`s NHS Trust
- Elizabeth Stovold - SGUL, Research Data Support Manager
- Faazia Khan - Student Representative
- Elena Svirderskaya - SGUL, Senior Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology